Before and Again

Before and Again

A Novel

Large Print - 2018
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"Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road just long enough to rob her of her beloved daughter and ultimately of her new marriage, family, friends, and privacy. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid. She's thankful for her new friends--though she can't risk telling them too much-- and takes satisfaction in working as a makeup artist. Covering up scars is a skill she has mastered. Then a friend's teenage son is thrust into the national spotlight, accused of hacking a powerful man's Twitter account, and as the stunning truth behind their case is slowly revealed, Maggie's own carefully constructed story begins to unravel as well,"--page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich :, Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432853334
Characteristics: 659 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Nov 26, 2018

One second of distraction changed to course of the lives of Mackenzie and Edward. Barbara Delinsky takes us through the emotional roller coaster and feelings of guilt that these two people faced. This is a story about relationships and forgiveness.

Nov 24, 2018

Can I read this on my Kindle paperwhite?

Aug 05, 2018

Mom who carried huge guilt following car accident that killed her 5 yr old daughter. Created a new life to forget while on probation. Redemption and renewal

Aug 05, 2018

Before and Again was definitely not Barbara Delinsky's best effort.

In the final chapters of the book, I discovered how many intriguing story arcs were sacrificed to Maggie's PTSD and survivor guilt as well as Edward/Ned's beard, and the probation officer. Arrrgh.

It would have been an infinitely more intriguing book if Grace's (massage therapist) story had been developed earlier and more fully and linked to Cornelia's (postmistress) story.

Maybe the point of the book is how much we miss out on when we get stuck in emotional ruts.

Jul 17, 2018

What a way to show how one mistake can ruin several lives. Mackenzie is distracted by her GPS that is not cooperating while she is taking her 5-year-old daughter to a play date somewhere they haven't been. Those few seconds costs her a daughter and a marriage. Now five years later she is Maggie trying to live a safe life with 4 months left on her probation. At first I didn't understand why she was on probation when it was an accident. But slowly things are revealed that explains why she got convicted like she did. I enjoyed her new life, her friends, and how her family started to come back into her life. This book is all about hope and coming out on the other side a better person. It's also about family and what you would do for friends. I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to know what was happening to all the characters and I really cared for them.

Jun 26, 2018

Classic Barbara Delinsky novel of the emotional responses to tragedy and overcoming loss to a better life ahead.

Maggie Reid, makeup artist, has made a life for herself in Devon, Vermont, a town that attracts a lot of people who need a fresh start, no questions about the past ever asked. Her best friend, massage therapist, Grace Emory works at the Spa with Maggie and has her own secrets.

Maggie's unraveling begins when Grace's 15 yr old son, Chris, is charged with hacking, forcing Maggie chose to hide to protect herself or to stand with her friend and risk exposure. Complicating the issue is the arrival of Ned Cooper, head of the group who just purchased the Devon Inn & Spa.

Maggie must confront her past actions, and forgive herself as well as those who abandoned her in her darkest days before so she can face trying again to have a full life that includes the love of others.

It seems like it has been years since I last read Barbara Delinsky novel with her unique stories dealing with family tragedies and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters.


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